Friday, January 18, 2008

Ishq Vishk: A guilty pleasure classic

I had no idea the college rom-com Ishq Vishk was such a guilty pleasure. I stumbled upon it quite by accident about a third of the way in and had a great time watching.

This flick has a lot to offer: terribly cute leads, die-hard best friends, frivolous break ups, horn dog boys, ditsy girls, clueless adults, college "talent" competition, song and dance (tacky cowboy sequence - check) and college humor (ah, the nostalgia!). There is even a killer sequence where someone does an impression of Sachin Tendulkar that is so bad, its positively excellent.

Like all great Bollywood movies - Ishq Vishk is completely predictable, which heightens your anticipation for what is about to come.

What happens is (at least when I joined the telecast) that Shahid Kapoor (lets dispense with "characters", shall we?) and Amrita Rao have transformed their childhood friendship into love. However Shahid, who may or may not have been messed up by a spiked drink, forces himself on Amrita and spurned by her advances calls her bhala-bura. The resulting katti escalates into a full-fledged breakup.

Right then a hottie enters the college - a self-absorbed positron played magnificently by an actress with the rather cumbersome name of Shenaz Treasurywala. Shenaz has everything a top maal could hope for: milky white skin, long jet black hair, hazel eyes, thunder thighs, lips you could land a plane on, a body that is a motorcycle brake magnet and a bindaas personality.

Shahid pataos Shenaz, punctuated by scenes of wistful onlooking by Amrita (we are now one with her torment).

Just when life is good for Shahid he starts missing Amrita. Badly. Plot convolution ensues. In the end, he's back in her arms - turns out it was her gharelupan that he was really in love with. Amrita smilingly welcomes him, looking goody two-shoes and bahu-like. Bechari Shenaz side pe - spunky girl ke liye iss ghar mein koi jagah nahi!

I haven't seen Shenaz anywhere else but I say she should show up more in movies. Amrita Rao's limp perm does most of the acting for her, although one cannot deny her winsome charm. Deepti Gujral outlooks all the girls in the movie. Yash Tonk does an Elvis homage so absent minded its hilarious.

And call me stupid, but that Shahid Kapoor is adorable - even in the scenes where his biceps appear to be bigger than his head. He not only dives into the camp of it all but swims and splashes around with much energy. Ten out of ten, God bless!

Trailer here.

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53 comments:

minnie said...

aspi...i caught a glimpse of this movie just yesterday...do cablewallahs exist in US also?same time :)
the scene where he is sitting next to shenaz and remembering amrita ..and i was hooked too
(sucker for romantic movies with a happily ever after ,i guess)
will see the complete movie at the earliest ...

Joules said...

Aspi, I am surprised you hadn't seen this movie. Ken Ghosh's first movie, an interpretation of the archie-veronica-betty story was really fun not to mention Shahid's awesome dancing. The camera work was quite slick and Ken Ghosh's movies have a certain vividness of colors in them. (His other movie is Fida).

The casting of the movie was perfect with the actors actually looking the part of college goers.

One of my pet peeves besides 30+ actresses acting as teenagers is middle aged actors acting the part of college students.

Shenaz was a great find. Too bad she did'nt make it in bollywood. Amrita Rao was lovable but I flinch at bollywood's depiction of the seedhi-saadhi girl. (There is always a karwa chauth scene)

ritha said...

Finally someone who shares my enthu for this movie.!..its one of the best movies made for college going crowd...thankfully the characters look their age...unlike in DCH!
I agree Aspi, this was immensely likeable and strangely enough, it was all very realistic.Lemme add -I have seen tons of such thingies happening in college.

ritha said...

Shenaz used to be a very popular MTV veejay at that time. She did star in Hum Tum, but was an itsy-bitsy role.
I think shes actually ok when it comes to acting, much better than some starlets we are forced to see on screen.

Beth said...

The best part of this movie was when Shahid swings on a rope wearing that weird jacket with all the cutouts to show his gianormous arms. On a rope! A rope!

I do really love college talent competitions, though.

Saritha said...

I didn't get a chance to watch the whole movie,I remember I saw Shehnaz's entry and few scenes after that.As MTV Veejay,I thought she was just OK,but I liked her in this one.

girlie girl said...

you're right, his biceps are so much bigger than most of his body!! I hope his tank-top wearing days are over...I like him so much more in the suits that he wears in his movies lately!!

meena said...

My husband and I saw this movie when it came out and hugely enjoyed it. I remember we rented it and watched it again!

when Main Hoon Na came out, we had a deja vu moment because Amritha Rao had a similar role there, which is, secretly languishing for a boy while he goes around besotted by glamour girls.

SkD said...

I HATE SHAHID!

Aspi said...

Boy, all of you have hilarious memories of this movie. I must watch it again!

So Joules, should I see Fida? Or not? Wasn't that the one with Ritwick and the unknown heroine? Great songs I must say.

Meena, I seem to have deja vu moments whenever I see Amrita Rao. The girl seems to be stuck in a bit of a rut.

Joules said...

No that was Fiza with Hrithik and Karishma. Fida was Kareena, Fardeen and Shahid. Not that great a movie but interesting plot and beautiful visuals.

Actually any movie with Fardeen in it becomes unrecommendable for me. I wish the guys would retire or move to some behind the camera work.

Joules said...

And Fida had good songs too. Give it a listen if you have some time.

Aspi said...

I have seen enough of Fardeen without going to one of his movies that I think if the word skanky ever got used on men half as much as it is with women, he'd be the first recipient.

minnie said...

fida had a different story line, a bit bold for indian audiences i guess ,... i liked the classy production..could have done without the wooden fardeen tho...(but he looks the part of a tycoon ..not a hacker)

anu g said...

Btw,Aspi, I am glad u changed the comments column to the present location. Earlier when I wanted to check whether there were any more comments, it used to take quite some time for the whole page to load. Now I can instantly see the comments. Good thinking!

indiequill said...

Aspi - the thing that always shocked me about this movie was that it was such a perfect collection of people that I usually find utterly irritating and they all came together to make this movie really watchable. Shenaz in particular was THE most annoying VJ on MTV and that is saying something considering she worked along side the Arora sisters! Very pretty though.

Yash Tonk, however, made this movie for me. When a guy is called Tonk and he does what this guy does - you gotta love him!

PS - I wonder what happened to Ken Ghosh? weren't Fida and this movie both hits?

Joules said...

Actually Fida was'nt a hit. People were expecting it to be a romantic story between Kareena and Shahid and the movie I believe had released right after the MMS kiss.

According to IMDB he made Chain Khuli ki main khuli with Rahul Bose. No idea what the movie was and how well it did.

Joules said...

oh, I take the last part of the comment back. He actually produced the movie.

btw, Aspi have you done a music review of Jodha Akbar? Did'nt the music release recently?

Aspi said...

anu g, I'm glad you like it there. The right column also loads faster than the middle column in blogger for some reason I haven't been able to figure out. Anything else that bothers you, let me know and I'll change it.

Amrita, now you've made me curious about Shenaz on MTV.

Joules, I haven't heard the music yet but thanks for reminding me so I can go out and get it. Also, Chain Kulli was a stinker, but for some reason all the kids I know seem to love it.

Aspi said...

anu g, I'm glad you like it there. The right column also loads faster than the middle column in blogger for some reason I haven't been able to figure out. Anything else that bothers you, let me know and I'll change it.

Amrita, now you've made me curious about Shenaz on MTV.

Joules, I haven't heard the music yet but thanks for reminding me so I can go out and get it. Also, Chain Kulli was a stinker, but for some reason all the kids I know seem to love it.

anu g said...

I read an interesting article today on tv shows' audience.The people u see applauding and dancing in the crowd are paid for by agencies who recruit them. Guys r paid Rs. 125 a day and girls Rs. 200 a day(I never knew this could happen. A thumbs up for womens lib). But (Mindrush is not going to like this), girls who r dark are asked to sit in the last rows!
But these poor people have a tough life cos they have to hang around inside the studio and are not allowed to leave the hall until the whole shoot is over(sometimes 10-12 hours) even if they r hungry or need the washroom.It reminds of the extras who act in movies.Well, atleast someone is benefitting from all these reality shows which r mushrooming everyday.

indiequill said...

Joules - so Fida wasn't a hit? Wow, now I'm back to wondering just how Fardeen Khan has a career.

Aspi - I got the Jodha Akbar OST and short review: fantastic!!! Esp Jashn-e-bahaara. I kind of feel mad there're only 5 songs but it's quality not quantity.

--Amrita.

Aspi said...

Man, I'm having a ridiculously busy long weekend.

Anu g, that news is dynamite and hugely interesting to read. I'll have to try and find out more.

Amrita, I have the CD, just haven't spun it yet. But if you're impressed it must be good.

Joules said...

The only good movie Fardeen has done is Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina. I thought the movie had an interesting plot and the role suited him. The other movie of his that was a hit was Pyaar tune kya kiya.

Does anyone rememeber Fardeen's first movie. I caught portions of it on TV once and the main lead heroine role was such a foul mouth. A was surprised that they could have written a female role like that in a hindi movie.

sidekick said...

anu g: very interesting! i always thought studios issued limited nos of tickets for the public to apply for to be part of the studio audience or at least that's how the talk/chat shows are operated in the US. always wanted to try and get to be in the audience of the Dave Letterman show :)

I second amrita's JA recco. Amrita, I too wished for more as the album went onto repeat mode. my fave track: Inn Lamhon Ke. Love sonu's rendition ---- no surprise!

Saritha said...

Aspi,

This is for you-
Himesh

Saritha said...

anu,

that's absurd.I can't believe that they rope in kids too to play 'Studio Audience'...huh.

Watch the firt 2 mins of this clip,I guess that's how it works

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FKp5u3jXJK8

sidekick said...

saritha, u probably made aspi's day with that himesh news byte, but what caught my eye on those links was this:
http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article§id=30&contentid=200801192008011903025851511c6331f&pageno=1

that is one big ass tattoo that saif has. the makeup folks are going to have a hell of time concealing it every time he shoots. but the worst of it will be removing the tat when the relationship goes kaput ;)

Saritha said...

aha,Sidekick!That was my next question,actually.How does one get the tattoo removed?Isn't that a really painful process.

And why is Saif behaving like a teenager?And I always wondered why do people get someone's name tattooed on their bodies?

sidekick said...

saritha
i'm no expert but that's why we have google :) .
http://people.howstuffworks.com/tattoo-removal5.htm

it sounds excruciating - both getting one and removing it!

as for why... its called luuurve!!! i'd ask the BH to get one with my name, but he might just get me committed ;)

Joules said...

I actually wonder if it is a temporary tattoo and Saif just put it there to look more like a rock star.

anu g said...

Lol saritha, thanks so much for that clipping. That was really funny.I have seen bits and pieces of this movie on tv, but never the beginning. Its quite interesting.
I dont think kids for lilchamps r paid for. I think they must be from schools for an outing.They must have meant the other reality shows.And this came in the Times of India, so it cant be cooked up I think.

anu g said...

I agree with Joules on that. Saif is performing in some live rockshows with the 'Parikrama' rock band, so it suits his image to have this tattoo.I am sure its temporary.
Saritha is right...he looks like a lovesick teenager.Considering he is the dad of an almost-teenage girl, thats sickening!
Sidekick , I agree, thats such a huge tattoo. Look at the irony, there was a time when tattoos on the wrist were done by villagers, and now its a style statement. Kya zamana aa gaya hai!

sidekick said...

if its a temp tat, i've so lost interest and so shd kareena ;)

yep anu g, it's body art and very much a means of self expression. maybe our villagers are just fashion forward --- after all they had body piercings too way b4 it entered pop culture.

saif's girl is way younger than him so perhaps he is insecure or maybe this is a mid-life crisis! in any case age isn't as constraining today --- the rules for age appropriate behavior are way more malleable.

aspi, i think we need a new post --- we've moved as far fm the topic as possible ;)

Aspi said...

anu g, I know we need a new post. But I've had the kind of weekend where I haven't watched anything yet!

Tattoo removals suck - which is why you find creative ways to tattoo over them. The good thing about Hindi tats is that you can always make a fancy design out of them. But that place he's chosen is way to out there. I imagine he'll have to hide it whenever he has a topless scene - of which there has been a lot lately.

Aspi said...

Saritha, thanks for the Himesh link. Just when you think it couldn't get funnier...

indiequill said...

Sidekick - That was my second fave track but yes, as long as Sonu sings I will listen - when he talks, I walks. :D Somebody said this was AR Rahman's last period soundtrack and I so hope it isnt! He needs to be gently led away from the horrors of Blaaze-penned Indorap and back to stuff like this.

Joules - wasn't she the sex kitten? I can't remember her name offhand, Meghna something? Wore quasi-dominatrix outfits and glared poor Fardeen into submission. I just remember laughing my way through it.

Anu g - i actually think kareena and saif are a match made in attention whore heaven. It's not even a cool tattoo and Becks did it first anyway.

---Amrita.

anu g said...

Sidekick I am not able to open the website which talks about saif;s tattoo. I remember reading it was o his wrist.But Aspi says it was on a place which he will find difficult to cover when he goes topless! Not that it matters in the least, of course. Just that its nice to see Aspi is human and makes mistakes. After all he thought it was me who had prodded him about his next long-due post(tho I second it of course). I did the prodding so mnay times in the winter-break that i dont want to do it anymore!

leera said...

Yay! glad to be back guys. Hope everyone had happy holidays.
Love the above post Aspi, noone but you could have made watching Ishq vishq on a saturday afternoon such an out of the closet affair.
I admit to secretly loving the camp of that movie and having watched it as a stressbuster on several occasions (good old zee cinema)

On another note, found a highly enjoyable inteview on CNN-IBN with Vishal Shekhar.
http://www.ibnlive.com/videos/56942/01_2008/catch_star1901_1/to-catch-a-star-musical-duo-vishalshekhar.html

Yajnaseni said...

Is this still the right forum to talk about Ishq Vishq? From the looks of it, not many seem to have watched it in full, in which case you will have missed the scene in which a few teenagers admire Shenaz's bum! How did Ken Ghosh get them to wear such lecherous expressions? Shahid is cute, but just wish he had a few more scenes with his Amma. And Amrita has her moments, especially the I love you-I hate you bit towards the end.

PS: Isn't this the same Ken Ghosh who was married to Alisha Chinai at some point?

Joules said...

Atleast Akshay was smarter and tattooed his son's name Aarav on his back. In his movies they haven't even tried to hide it. I remember seeing it in Bhool Bhulaiya.

Yeah, Saif's is on his forearm similar to Beckham's. I believe Beckham has his kids name tattooed on his body as well.

Aspi said...

Since everyone seems to be so brilliant at linking, I'm thinking of starting a linkology section on the Drift. The way it will work is: if we find enough to link to of interest to us, I'll put it up in a special section up top so we can browse around when we get time. I'll make sure I name the person who forwards the link.

I'll put it up as soon as I get a shot at it and then you all can tell me if it works.

This way I feel that all the good news that gets hidden in the comments sometimes can make its way to the top.

Saritha said...

Wow there's so much happening here.Finally....

Leera,welcome back.Missed ur one liners:)

We shd have a post on Tattos ke side effects.Thats lot of info there.On the other hand I think it's still on the rt post.Aakhir yeh 'Ishq Vishq' ke chakkar mein hi toh tatto vatto banthe hain.

And we just proved that we at the drift love V-S.Two of them have linked to that interview on ibnlive.

Saritha said...

Aspi,Shubh kaam mein dheri nahi....

Aspi said...

Ok, its out in the middle column now towards the top.

Any problems with naamkaran or formats, let me know - I'll refine it.

leera said...

Excellent Aspi.
Btw has anyone caught the show Begum on 9X with Begum Nawazish Ali a Pakistani drag queen? Its a Koffee with karanesque celebrity chat show.

I am loving all 3 episodes of it so far.
Drifters let me know.
Btw to my great surprise the original show on the pakistani channel was far more risque and tongue and cheek, than its Indian counterpart.

Aspi said...

leera, welcome back. I have seen a segment once. I will see if I can catch it online. Sounds like it could be fun.

meg said...

i would love to play sunehri..i would love to be a sexpot femme fatale and shag Aryan night and day..

Anonymous said...

who else would u like to shag meg?

Ozza said...

I've seen Shenaz in lots of soaps... and I quite like Shahid now. I think he has risen above the Kareena episode, emerged a clear victor and grown himself some hot abs on the way.

meg said...

oops i made a boo boo that post was supposed to be in which bollywood role you want to play section not here

Shahid reminds me of Gary Coleman, even when he ages with fine lines and crows feet on his face, he still looks like a kid

he freaks me out

Aspi said...

Shahid is the original Head.

M said...

shahid's nick name given by moi = energizer bunny on speed